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Bill Riley

Bill Riley


Acting President

I have been a Unit 174 board member since April of 2013. During this time, I started the Club Connection and have been the Partnership Chair for the Lone Star Regional for the last 3 years.

In 2014 I retired from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as full professor in Pediatric Endocrinology, caring for children with diabetes.

I continue to be interested in promoting bridge to younger players.


April 2019

Ken Hudson

Ken Hudson



I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from the University of West Florida. I have been a resident of Houston for the past 25 years and retired from Shell Oil Company after a 30 year career as a Finance Manager.

I am a regular player in the 299’r group in the Clear Lake Bridge Club. I am the 299’r Representative to the Clear Lake Bridge Club Board. I love playing bridge for the mental challenges and the social aspect of the game.

I believe I my "newness" to be an asset that can be used to exert a positive influence on the Unit Board. I want to offer the bridge community someone with whom the can easily relate and bring a fresh perspective to Unit 174.


April 2019

Bob Armstrong

Bob Armstrong



Board Member

Like so many people in my generation, I learned to play bridge in college. I quickly came to love the game. After graduation and throughout my career, I continued to play social bridge with my wife, Jane.

After I retired as Vice President of Project Management from the Fluor Corporation, I began to focus on golf and bridge. While strategies for being successful at golf have not changed much over the years, I found that the bidding in bridge I had learned would no longer make me competitive. With the help of my wife and good friends, I started to change my game to the modern bidding techniques and am still working to improve.

During my professional career, I learned the value of giving back. So much so that I started a charity golf tournament that has to date given some $1.5 million to deserving charities in the greater Houston area. I have also served two different times as a member of the Board of Directors for Riverbend Country Club. With that same “give back” spirit as a foundation, I decided to run for the Unit 174 Board of Directors.

I am grateful for the confidence shown by the membership, so that I can continue to give back to the game that is now an integral part of my daily life.

April 2017

John Caudill

John Caudill


Board Member

I am a recently retired Pediatrician. After training at Baylor College of Medicine I practiced Pediatric medicine for 38 years. I have played tournament bridge for two years and have a lot to learn. However, now I would like to serve the bridge community.

April 2018

Dianna Gittleman

Dianna Gittleman



Board Member

I've been a part of Unit 174 for 45 years. During that time I have served on several boards, including our own unit board. I've also chaired the nominating committee, hospitality committee, served on two National Tournament boards, and worked in many other capacities.

Our unit has a tremendous amount of work with all our tournaments, STaC's, sectionals, and our regional, not including 0-299 tournaments, Grand National Team and North American Pairs, and our huge novice program.

I am happy to provide energy and effort in helping to accomplish this work.



April 2018

Daniel Jackson



Board Member

Daniel learned to play bridge while attending Rice University. One day while playing at the club, a beautiful woman named Debbie wrote her phone number on his convention card and asked him to call her. They were married two years later. Daniel and Debbie have two children and live in the Champions/1960 area.

Daniel was the Unit 174 Rookie of the Year in 1987 and made Life Master “with style” in 1990 by winning his first national event. After starting a family, Daniel reduced his bridge playing activity to an occasional club game. After his children became more independent, Daniel was able to resume his bridge career and has since won three more national events and a fair number of regional and sectional events.

Daniel is a computer programmer who has worked for Jack Henry and Associates since 1995.

When not playing bridge or working, Daniel likes to read and play computer games. He also tutors high school students in math and science.

Daniel was elected to the board in 2014.

April 2017

Lauri Laufman

Lauri Laufman


Board Member

Native Houstonian, Texans fan, theatre lover, foodie, dog mother, bridge player and once again a member of your unit board (my first adventure was 2007-2010).

Thanks goes out to those who have volunteered, served and participated during our unit activities and to those of you who will in the years to come. I am honored to have been invited back onto the board and look forward to representing you.


April 2019

Dan Leightman


Board Member

I began playing bridge in high school and played extensively through college and law school.  After a hiatus of nearly 40 years, I enthusiastically took up the game again about five years ago.

After retiring from a long career as a corporate executive heading up the tax functions of three publicly traded companies; Parsons Corporation, Intel, and Cooper Industries, I became a tax partner in a large Houston law firm.  I am now practicing tax law part time as a sole practitioner.

I have been heavily involved in the Houston community serving on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Ballet, Gulf Coast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.  I am anxious to utilize my professional skills and business and life experience to enhance the quality of bridge events conducted by our unit.

April 2017

Nancy Strohmer

Nancy Strohmer

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Board Member

Unit 174 is an incredibly active unit and I have enjoyed serving on the Board since 2012. As President of the unit this past year, I revamped the Caddy Program, Annual Meeting format & focused on communications with the membership & clubs. I have served as Vice President, Secretary, Publicity Chair, ABA/ACBL Pairs Game Chair, and Special Events & Classes Newsletter Founder & Editor and chaired/co-chaired several tournaments including the LSR. I am a Lifetime Member of the ACBL National Goodwill Committee and serve as District 16’s 2nd Vice President & Charity Committee Chair.

My first duplicate bridge experience was on a cruise in 2003. I had no idea what the world of bridge offered until later. My husband, Hans, and I began playing regularly in 2006. My background…B.S. and M.S. in Education (Business) from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia…owned a manufacturing company and sold it in 2001…currently, play as much bridge as possible!!! Hobbies include grandkids, bridge, hiking and traveling.

April 2018

Others with Unit 174 Responsibilities

Individual Assignment(s)

Jolie Hess


Brigitte Sandifer


Election Officials

From Brigitte: I've been playing bridge since 1978 and have volunteered on many levels i.e. selling t-shirts by the front door for both Nationals. Currently, I'm Manager/Director of APPLE II DBC playing Friday's at Tracy Gee and directing some at WBA.

Sandra Clark

Catherine Miller


Member Communications Committee Chair

I am a Gold Life Master who started playing duplicate bridge while living overseas (lived overseas 21 years with husband, Hugh). First tournament I attended was the 2001 Houston regional. I repatriated back to Houston five years ago and enjoy playing bridge primarily with my husband.

The Communications Committee contacts new members to the unit and advises them of the opportunities offered in the unit. They also contact inactive members, offering assistance to help them re-activate their status.

Mike Hoffman

Mike Hofmann

Financial Verifier

Mike is a retired banker who is still active in the business community.

As the Financial Verifier Mike reviews the monthly bank statements and the financial reports presented to the Board of Directors to ensure their consistency.

Buddy Hanby


Buddy has over 7,500 master points. He has won one North American Championship, finished in the top ten in several other North American Championships, and won dozens of Regional events.

When not playing bridge, Buddy is an attorney who handles civil appeals and criminal appeals.

He is the author of Hanby’s Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, Annotated, a book published annually by West Publishing Co.

He has frequently been recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Texas Monthly.

He has been married to fellow bridge player, Sally Wheeler for thirty-three wonderful years.

Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson

Scorecard Reporter and E-mail Newsletter Editor

Carol ( is a published author with two books and many articles to her credit. She won a Writers Digest national award and has taught secretarial seminars in several states, Russia, and Argentina. She has served more than 25 years as editor for professional organizations and currently is editor of the monthly newsletter of the Houston Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. She is an ACBL certified teacher and director and when not involved with bridge activities, she can be found visiting her granddaughters in St. Louis.

Sheryl Thomas


Intermediate/Novice Coordinator

I am a native of Houston,TX. I did my undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University, graduating with a BSN, 1980. Received my Masters of Anesthesiology from University of Detroit Mercy in 1990.

The majority of my maternal family played games and cards, so I literally grew up at the card table. I played bid whist since high school, then pinochle, and I finally found bridge two years ago. Fell in love hard and fast!!

Other interests include golf, reading, entertaining, music and movies.

I'm very excited to do all I can for the bridge community and to learn all bridge has to offer!!

Carol Wilson

Bob Dowlen



Bob Dowlen is a Silver Life Master, former President of Houston Unit 174, former President of the Clear Lake Bridge Club, ACBL Accredited Director & Teacher and a Lifetime Member of the ACBL National Charity Committee.

The Recorder shall:

    • Be responsible for collecting and cataloging complaints and/or inquiries from players, usually concerning a question of conduct or ethics. The Recorder may also assist with filling out the recorder forms when necessary. If a formal complaint is made to the Board of Directors against a member of the unit, the Recorder may be called upon to provide a history of other complaints. The Recorder may also file a complaint against a member if he feels that it is warranted.
    • Be available at all Unit 174 tournaments. If the Recorder will not be available, notice should be given to the President so that an alternate can be selected.

Al Fortier



Unit Photographer

Lew Levy

Lew Levy

District 16 Executive Treasurer

Lew has been President of the Board in three different ACBL units: Bellingham, Washington; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Houston, Texas. He is currently Executive Treasurer of District 16, a position he has held since 2007. He was chair of the Fundraising Committee for the 2009 NABC in Houston.

Lew is a retired oil company executive, with more than 30 years experience in refining and transportation.

Paul Nimmons


Carol Winograd

Carol Winograd


Website and Information Committee Chair

I decided to gather a group of friends together to learn to play bridge when my mother, knowing I was about to become an empty-nester, suggested I might enjoy playing. Fast forward from 2008 to present, and now she suggests I play too much bridge! All kidding aside, if you are reading this you are hooked too!

My background---I have an engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a dental degree from the University of Texas. I practiced general dentistry in Atlanta and Houston.

As Website and Information Committee Chair I oversee the many tools our Unit uses to engage and inform our membership---our website, Unit Newsletter and Scorecard as well as distribution of the President’s Post and the Events & Classes newsletter. As Webmaster I am responsible for introducing improvements and updating the website. I am passionate about promoting MiniBridge as a way to attract new, younger members. Please forward any suggestions for ways to better inform our membership to me.

Arlene Weingarten

Arlene Weingarten

Webmaster Emeritus and Web Site Advisor

Gary Hercules


Treasurer and Budget Coordinator